The key to a good salad can be hard to define. Sometimes you have to think outside of the box (hello, warm salads). Of course, homemade salad dressing has transformative properties that’ll make you ditch the bottled stuff. And then there’s these luscious recipes, which rely on the awesome poppy seed. Whether whisked into a dressing or sprinkled on top, here are 15 ways to take your salads to the *next level.*

1. Super Food Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing: Shredded Brussels sprouts and cabbage are tossed with chopped broccoli and kale in this super-charged salad. A creamy poppy seed dressing coats each bite, so it doesn’t just taste like rabbit food. (via Salad Menu)

2. Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad in Gouda Bowls: Sweet strawberries make savory salads *pop.* Served in crispy Gouda bowls, these little cups are great as an appetizer or light lunch. (via Food Done Light)

3. Watermelon Cucumber Salad: Crumbled feta cheese adds a salty kick to this watermelon, cucumber, and arugula salad. A garnish of fresh basil and a drizzle of honey-sweetened poppy seed dressing finishes off the dish. (via The Modern Proper)

4. Strawberry Arugula Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing: Arugula is a super-nutritious green, but its peppery flavor can be overwhelming. That’s why this salad pairs it with strawberries, blueberries, and kiwis, along with some crumbled feta and chicken, to take off the heat. (via Cooking LSL)

5. Rainbow Salad With Orange, Sesame, and Poppy Seed Dressing: A rainbow of veggies makes this salad a nutritious choice. It’s topped with an orange-sesame dressing and a sprinkle of poppy seeds. (via Green Gourmet Giraffe)

6. Goat Cheese Salad With Maple Poppy Seed Dressing: Tangy goat cheese is always a great pairing for sweeter ingredients, in this case some crunchy apples and a balsamic-maple poppy seed dressing. Add in some garbanzo beans and pumpkin seeds for extra protein and fiber, along with a handful of green spinach to fill you up. (via Lemons and Basil)

7. Broccoli Slaw With Apples, Dried Cranberries and Cabbage: This ultra-crunchy slaw is made with a combination of broccoli, carrots, apples, and red cabbage. Tossed with poppy seed dressing, each creamy bite is a little taste of paradise. (via Susan’s Table)

8. Spinach, Pasta, and Apple Salad: Sometimes making a salad into a full meal is as simple as adding pasta to the bowl. This recipe combines spinach and orecchiette with a medley of crunchy celery, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, and juicy mandarin oranges. (via Coffee and Crayons)

9. Asparagus, Strawberry, and Microgreens Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing: Grassy asparagus and creamy avocado are a green team you’ll want in all your salads. A maple-lime poppy seed dressing brings a tangy brightness to this meal, while a handful of strawberries add a pop of color. (via Green Gourmet Giraffe)

10. Strawberry Apple Chicken Salad: Grilled chicken with plenty of char adds heft to this mix of spinach and fruit. Add honey-roasted almonds and poppy seed dressing on top, and you’ve got a satisfying meal that works for both lunch and dinner. (via Kim’s Cravings)

11. Winter Fruit Salad: Poppy seed dressing livens up this vibrant fruit salad featuring pineapple, kiwi, mandarin, and pomegranate. (via Dinner at the Zoo)

12. Mandarin Beet Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing: Tender beets are jazzed up with mandarin oranges in this colorful salad. Add goat cheese and toasted pecans and you’ve got a perfectly balanced vegetarian meal. (via Spiced)

13. Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad: Slightly bitter broccoli is easily balanced by tangy-sweet dried fruit, like cranberries. Cubes of cheddar cheese add little bits of richness to each bite, and a citrusy poppy seed dressing helps meld the ingredients together. (via The Chunky Chef)

14. Stone Fruit Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing: Ripe and juicy stone fruit tastes great eaten over the sink, but it makes for a mean salad too. Pair a variety of stone fruits with some peppery greens and fresh herbs for a meal that’ll make you feel like you’re eating in the garden. (via Cooking With a Wallflower)

15. Blackberry Peach Kale Salad: Ripe peaches make pretty much everything better, including this berry, almond, mint, kale, and goat cheese salad. Drizzle on some tangy poppy seed dressing, sit back, and enjoy your meal. (via Lively Table)

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